Beets, frequently consumed either pickled or in borscht, the traditional Russian soup. These colorful root vegetables contain powerful nutrient compounds and are a good source of folate, also called vitamin B-9. Folate plays an important role in optimal emotional and mental health. Fennel is known to reduce inflammation with it's very important nutrient called Choline, which helps with sleep, muscle movement, learning and memory. Fennel is also a great digestive aid.
Who doesn't love Spinach Risotto? Swap out the white risotto rice with brown rice and add in a few healthy fats and enjoy. Brown rice is an excellent source of fibre, vitamins and minerals, protein, and even esstential fatty acids–all important for blood sugar! Add in the walnuts for some vitamin E and essential Omega-3, these two antioxidants maximize walnuts' ability to reduce inflammation.
While many vegetarians and vegans are concerned about their iron intake, here is a dish that has nearly 50% of your daily intake of iron. Iron requires Vitamin C, folate and B12 for adequate absorption. Vitamin C improves the absorption of iron from the stomach. Vitamin B12 is important for normal blood, cells, and nerves. Folic acid is needed to form healthy cells, especially red blood cells. This dish is rich in Iron, Vitamin C and Folate. B12 is found in animal meat and byproducts, so in that case vegetarians or vegans should supplement. By adding a squirt of lemon juice to any meal, or fresh greens you will instantly increase your intake of vitamin C.
Snacks are healthy options when they are high in nutrition and energize our bodies and mind. Many of us look for full flavour and texture in snacks, so we’ve got some tasty ideas that will satisfy your belly and tastebuds. Roasted chickpeas make a nutritious option because they are high in fibre and offer some protein and iron too. And of course, they are super tasty! Roasted chickpeas have a chewy and crunchy texture that’s fun to eat. These delectable snacks are perfect for packing in lunches, nibbling at a party, as an appetizer or enjoyed while cheering on your favourite sports team. They are simple to make and can easily be prepared a couple of days ahead.
Also referred to as a “sunchoke,” this high-iron root vegetable is a nice alternative to potatoes and brings with it a welcome crunch. Serve them on their own or toss finished chokes with steamed collard greens or kale for a heartier and more colorful side dish.